The U.S. Survey of Income and Program Participation survey shows the LD prevalence rate among the U.S. population (ages 6 and older) to be 1.8%, totaling 4.67 million Americans.I've read various estimates, indicating anywhere from 17% to 30% of adults with autism spectrum disorders find regular employment. Unfortunately, "regular" employment is not always full-time and it is often far-below the normal employment position held by similarly educated individuals within the general population. ASDs and other cognitive differences result in lower life-time earnings, even among those with Asperger's Syndrome, High-Functioning Autism, or PDD-NOS who do complete high school and a two-year degree program. Within higher education, the Chronicle of Higher Education has reported professors with ASDs are also less likely to be full-time tenure-track faculty.
There are major disconnects between high school and postsecondary education which create obstacles for students with LD.
- Males are much more likely to have acknowledged learning disabilities than females.
- The unemployment rate for those with LD was twice that of those without LD.
Only 46% of students with a LD found paid employment, full or part-time, within two years of leaving school.
- Often students with LD have lower aspirations regarding their own postsecondary education.
- Just under 11% of undergraduates reported having some type of disability.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
The State of Learning Disabilities
The National Center for Learning Disabilities has published a survey that includes the following data: